Juventus v Barcelona Free Betting Tip
Barcelona completed the greatest comeback in Champions League history in the last round, recovering from a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain to progress 6-5 on aggregate.
But when they face a Juventus side out to avenge their defeat in the 2015 final, they will have to be on their guard once again. The Italians are arguably a lot stronger than the last meeting, and will look to assert themselves early in this tie, just as PSG did. Going to the Camp Nou with Barcelona well in the game is dangerous, especially given the fact they should have had no chance in the last 16.
Juve have a stunning 100% record at home domestically, and it has provided a great base for their European campaign too. When the sides last met in Berlin two years ago, their midfield was their strongest asset, but while they remain unbelievably regimented in defence too, their attack has a lot more bite about it now.
Since Gonzalo Higuain signed in the summer, Juve have had a stronger presence in attack. The Argentine is the complete striker, one who can both hold the ball up and run in behind with power, but his role is also important in getting the best from his strike partner and countryman Paulo Dybala.
Barcelona do not like to be left exposed in defence, shown in the first leg against PSG. Throughout their most dominant years, their defence was not necessarily strong but they were rarely played through thanks to Sergio Busquets. But the Spaniard has been found wanting in the Champions League before, by both the French side and Manchester City in the group stage.
Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler, who were playing up front with EdinsonCavanifor PSG, dropped back to further outnumber Busquets in midfield, next to Marco Verratti and BlaiseMatuidi. They sat just behind Busquets, meaning there was an easy pass through, allowing for a three on two situation against Barcelona’s centre backs.
Juventus don’t play the same system, but can use this tactic. Dybala is given license to drift and will pick up positions in behind Busquets, while Alex Sandro, who plays on the left of a midfield five, will be free to run at the right back, which has been a real weak link for Luis Enrique’s men this season
Marcelo Lippi on Juventus: “They are now on the same level as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich." pic.twitter.com/vMWLIuZ0gm— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 6, 2017
If the Brazilian isn’t disciplined, though, he will give space to Lionel Messi. One of the reasons for Barça’s midfield decline is the shift in focus to their attack, with Neymar and Luis Suarez also available. It is tough to write off Barcelona and we are certainly not doing that, but there is definite value in backing a home win here.